On Saturday morning 8ch, Boots and I took parked the car in a beautiful village called Nether Worton and strolled across the fields to Great Tew. The church in Nether Worton is connected directly to a residential building.
When we arrived at Great Tew Boots was delighted that there were not only enough kittens to warrant a sign, but they were also slow:
Fortunately we didn’t see any. Great Tew is full of thatched cottages
And has a post office/flower shop/ tea room.
I was rather taken by the china tea cups:
Timmy and Annie who run our tea rooms in Thrupp used to run pubs including the Falkland Arms in Great Tew. I went there many moons ago and was amazed by the sheer number of choices of whisky behind the bar. You could also buy a clay pipe and some tobacco or some snuff.
Revitalised with tea and armed with our map we made our way home.
This pipe coming out of the wall of the Manor House, with the archway and the greenery reminded me of some of the photographs that The WeepingCross has taken of holy wells. I wonder if there are any in this area.
This gate mechanism caught my eye (not literally)
And there is a bench next to this tree – a beautiful place to sit and survey the view.
Boots loved it… once we managed to escape some rather frolicking horses and avoid the horse field altogether. He wasn’t entirely convinced about being lifted over fence, wire and bush, but he got the hang of it eventually.
We arrived home at lunch time and saw that bloggers No Problem and Sanity Again had finally arrived in Thrupp after a tantalising will they be here today or not (mostly not) journey down the canal. Every time I checked they had moved one lock! I did wonder if they would arrive at all. After planning an evening in the Boat Inn I went home for my snooze. This was welcomingly interrupted by a local,Peter Darch, who came to show me his Levis – what a beauty!
Just as the tea rooms were closing when my friends on Wrens Nest arrived for the evening with their friends.
They arrived just in time and we had a lovely cup of tea together.